Birmingham City v Preston North End

Clayton Donaldson

Clayton Donaldson has scored four goals for Birmingham City

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Birmingham City forward Clayton Donaldson may return from an Achilles injury for the hosts.

Donaldson missed the Blues’ 1-1 draw at QPR having picked up the injury in their win against Sheffield Wednesday.

Preston remain without striker Jermaine Beckford with a hamstring problem and full-back Marnick Vermijl, who is also suffering with the same injury.

Forward Simon Makienok is expected to start a third game in a row after his hat-trick against Bournemouth.


BBC WM’s Richard Wilford:

“Gary Rowett’s relative reluctance to chop and change a team will be tested in this busy period prior to the international break, although less so if striker Clayton Donaldson is unable to shrug off an Achilles problem.

“At home, Rowett must decide whether he needs the more potent attacking threat of David Cotterill rather than the energy and commitment of David Davis, and there is also a temptation to look at the creative talents of youngster Reece Brown.

“But with an unbeaten Championship run that now stretches to five games, Blues’ fans can again expect minor tweaks rather than major surgery, with the greater options on the bench becoming the luxury they did not have at their disposal last season.”

Match facts

  • Birmingham are without a clean sheet in their last 10 home league games against Preston, last keeping one in March 1970.
  • The Lilywhites have won seven of their last 10 games against the Blues in all competitions (D2 L1).
  • Birmingham are unbeaten in their last five league matches (W3 D2).
  • Preston have failed to score in three of their last four away matches in league competition, netting twice against QPR in this run.

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